Long-term jobless 'could face compulsory manual labour'

Posted November 10th, 2010 by think4yourself

Long-term benefit claimants could be forced to do manual labour under proposals to be outlined by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

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Man Turns Water Into Cigarettes

Posted October 7th, 2010 by freepatriot32

ELLSWORTH — A concerned citizen called police Sept. 23 after seeing a man dumping new bottles of water on the ground near a local store with a goal of returning the bottles to get money to buy cigarettes.

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Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements - WSJ.com

Posted September 20th, 2010 by slayerboy

Efforts to tame America's ballooning budget deficit could soon confront a daunting reality: Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history.

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Expiring Tax code provisions increase rate of money stolen

Posted September 4th, 2010 by sagiquarion

Expiring provisions in federal tax code effectively increases rate of money stolen from persons in each "tax bracket" among other increases; including the "death tax" and the ATM. The part that implies you have to report and pay taxes on the money paid towards health insurance is false in that you do not have to pay tax; just report it on the W2 starting 2011.

See Also comments below story here: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1655705.html

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A Government Program which Works?

Posted August 5th, 2010 by rawrob

Is it possible? Has free-market anarchist and Austrian School Economist Michael Barnett finally discovered a government program which appears to be achieving its stated goals? Yes, my friends, I think I actually may have done just that.

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New D.C. law guarantees cheap cannabis for poor patients

Posted August 5th, 2010 by rancemuhamitz

No one should be too poor to buy pot if they live in Washington, at least if the marijuana is for a medical condition. That's the conclusion of a new medical marijuana law enacted in the nation's capital.

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California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs

Posted June 24th, 2010 by parallax

Times review finds that in more than half of the state's casinos and gaming rooms, welfare recipients can get cash from state-issued EBT cards. Officials say they're moving to block such transactions.

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Australia makes fiber official: no more copper wires, ever!

Posted June 23rd, 2010 by mousse_gallon

Australia's going all-in with its government-run fiber network. The government has now convinced the country's dominant telco, Telstra, to sign on with the scheme, get rid of its copper and cable lines, and transition its subscribers to the open-access national fiber program. When the project is complete, Australia will have taken an almost unprecedented step for a country of its size: legacy telecommunications infrastructure will be almost gone.

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Fannie Mae Seeks $8.4 Billion In U.S. Taxpayer Money After 1Q Loss

Posted May 19th, 2010 by iconoclast2007

Troubled U.S. government-backed mortgage giant Fannie Mae on Monday asked for 8.4 billion dollars in additional federal aid to cover its huge losses.

Fannie Mae reported earlier Monday that it lost 13.1 billion dollars in the first quarter, or 2.29 dollars a share. It lost 23. 2 billion dollars in the same period a year ago.

The new aid will bring the total bill for rescuing Fannie and its sister company Freddie Mac to 145 billion dollars. The Obama administration has pledged to provide an unlimited amount of funds to Fannie and Freddie to keep them solvent.

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Homeless, But Enjoying Hawaii On $3 A Day

Posted May 18th, 2010 by iconoclast2007

A tourist in Hawaii spends an average of $200 a day for a hotel room, meals and entertainment. But there's another class of visitors given room and board, full health care benefits and more for just $3 a day. It's not a luxury vacation package — just homeless benefits courtesy of Hawaii's taxpayers.

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